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English definition of “battle”

battle

noun [C/U]    /ˈbæt̬·əl/
a fight between armed forces, or an argument between two groups: [C] the Battle of Cedar Creek [C] a naval battle [C] The battle between street gangs went on for years. [C] They’re in a battle with their publisher over electronic rights. A battle can also be an serious effort to change a situation: [C] Doctors Without Borders is a group that wages battles against hunger and disease.
(Definition of battle noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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